BANGOR, Maine – After splitting day one of the four-game series on the Harold Alfond Diamond against the University of Maine at Farmington (4-9, 1-3 NAC), the Husson baseball team (11-9, 3-1 NAC) came out on top with a shutout sweep on Saturday afternoon. Husson gave up just a single hit to UMF in both games of the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) doubleheader.
GAME 1: Husson 3, UMF 0
Just two outs away from his second career no-hitter, Husson's Cam Graham, gave up his lone hit of a complete game pitched in the top of the seventh to Derek Bowen before finishing out the game with six strikeouts and giving up just one walk in the final inning.
Husson scored two of their three runs in the bottom of the third after two quick innings for both teams. After a Ryan Hoogterp single to right field, Kobe Rogerson placed a bunt just so and used wheels to reach first before the throw. Conor Maguire approached the plate also preparing for a sacrifice bunt, but placed the ball perfectly in between the pitcher and catcher to beat out the throw, yet again for the Eagles while also achieving his 100th career hit. With bases loaded, a wild pitch and groundout helped score both Hoogterp and Rogerson for a 2-0 advantage.
The Husson defense paired with impressive pitching by Graham, helped the Eagles clean up four out of seven innings with quick 1-2-3 outs for the win.
On the mound for the Beavers, Cole Lockhart was the lone pitcher throwing three strikeouts with two earned runs on five hits.
- Alex Chapman displayed patience at the plate with two walks while scoring one run and stealing the only base of the game.
- Maguire batted 2-3 in the first game of the day.
- Covey hit home the only RBI of the three runs scored.
- Hunter LaBossiere waited for his pitch as the only Beaver to walk to first.
- Justin Rodrigue, Ryan Simard, and Bowen all pitched in on a double play.
GAME 2: Husson 9, UMF 0
Rookie Brandon Brunell made his first debut on the mound for the Eagles with an impressive start, giving up just one hit as he threw a complete game with five strikeouts and walking just two batters.
By the end of the second inning, Husson had tacked on three runs on just two singles by Ryan Hoogterp and Nick Guerrette, paired with two stolen bases by Guerrette, to help the Eagles grab an early 3-0 lead.
Patrick Fallon came in to pitch for the Beavers in the fourth, relieving Kevin Carter on the mound. Thanks to some defensive help in the field, UMF capped off the inning with the third out catching an Eagle stealing second.
The Eagles would score one more time before finishing off the day with a clean shutout sweep.
- Luke Covey delivered two sacrifice flies for two RBI and one hit.
- Ethan Stoddard also pitched in two RBI on 1-3 batting with a run scored.
- Nolan Brown was left on base three times on 1-3 hitting.
- Bowen went 1-3 as he once again had the only hits of the day for the Beavers.
- Both Ryan Simard and Bowen got on base twice, but were left stranded each time.
The Eagles are set to continue their homestand when they host Bates College on Tuesday, April 2nd for a single non-conference nine-inning game at 4:00 p.m.